E-waste economics: a Nigerian perspective

Amanze R. Ejiogu

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview on the e-waste topic, highlight the economic arguments for dumping e-waste in developing countries and examine the issues around the e-waste problems in Nigeria. The methodology adopted is based on a review of existing literature, personal observation and interviews. Electronic waste, or e-waste, has emerged as a major problem in quite a number of developing countries, as well as an opportunity for development and economic growth. As a result of its high toxic content, it creates problems of environmental pollution and is a hazard to human health when not handled properly. However, there is a huge demand for good quality, second-hand equipment in developing countries and there seem to be strong economic arguments for exporting scrap electronic and electrical equipment to those countries. The e-waste trade has grown in Nigeria, causing several socio-economic problems. The paper contributes to the growing body of knowledge on e-waste in developing countries, especially Nigeria. It provides insight into the economic arguments that encourage the continuance of the e-waste problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-213
Number of pages15
JournalManagement of Environmental Quality: An International Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Corruption
  • Developing countries
  • Dumping
  • Economics
  • Electronic equipment and components
  • E-waste
  • Nigeria
  • Poverty
  • Scrap


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